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Smoky sweet potato latkes are crisp, tasty and nutritious

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
For Hanukkah, I was inspired to make smoky sweet potato latkes, which balance the sugar of the sweet potatoes with earthy cumin and smoked paprika.
 
Italian bakeries bustling as customers line up for Christmas cookies, pastries

Italian bakeries bustling as customers line up for Christmas cookies, pastries

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
There was no doubt for Domenica Iovinelli. “I want a Santa boot!” said the 4-year-old, peering into the pastry case at Civitello’s Italian Pastry Shop in Schenectady.
 
Rat rods: Vintage vehicles made into rusty rides
SAUGERTIES

Rat rods: Vintage vehicles made into rusty rides

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
Peter Duvaloois' rat rods are way cooler than your car.
 
Gift wrap 101: Tips on pretty packages from a ‘professional’

Gift wrap 101: Tips on pretty packages from a ‘professional’

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
You can check out various DIY websites and find all kinds of brilliant ideas for holiday gift wrapping. But folding together a tight, pretty package is more than fancy ribbons, cute cutouts and inventive gift tags.
 
House raised to insert main living floor

House raised to insert main living floor

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
We’re standing in the master bathroom upstairs, and Peter says, “This was our kitchen.”
 
For going on 36 years, Jon Kralovic has run, and run, and run ...

For going on 36 years, Jon Kralovic has run, and run, and run ...

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014
Jon Kralovic, of Delanson, has run at least a mile for 13,132 straight days as of this morning, which ranks 29th nationally for consecutive days run.
 
Persian Bite offers exotic flavors in comfy setting

Persian Bite offers exotic flavors in comfy setting

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014
Six-month-old Persian Bite on Jay Street in Schenectady is tucked near the end of a strip of small restaurants and stores opposite City Hall.
 

Flu shot not perfect, but might be best protection available

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014
Nancy Dragun wanted to ward off flu this year, so she got her family vaccinated early, a shot for herself and doses of the FluMist nasal spray for her two boys, ages 9 and 11.
 

Comic Rock at home playing a comic like Rock

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
With all the timely cultural commentary Chris Rock has been making about Ferguson, Staten Island, police chokeholds and the like while doing interviews ostensibly promoting his new film, it’s actually a relief that “Top Five” is pretty good.
 

Korn’s physical music shakes up the Armory crowd

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
Korn’s stage show seeks to take no prisoners. Wednesday night at the Washington Avenue Armory they attacked an 80-minute set with loud, physically punishing tunes for a good-sized crowd of mostly 20-something males.
 
Sprawling, bloody 'Exodus' depicts biblical story without preaching it

Sprawling, bloody 'Exodus' depicts biblical story without preaching it

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
Sprawling and spectacular, brawny and bloody, Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” stabs an exclamation point onto a year peppered with religious films, one that began with the less conventional and trippier “Noah.”
 
Are you addicted to Facebook?
ALBANY

Are you addicted to Facebook?

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
A recent University at Albany study has concluded that excessive use of online social networking can not only be addictive, but may also be associated with other impulse control disorders, including substance abuse.
 
Family cafe joins famed NYC Jewish deli
NEW YORK

Family cafe joins famed NYC Jewish deli

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
Russ & Daughters has been a New York City institution on the Lower East Side for 100 years. Now the family has opened a cafe three blocks from the store.
 
Photo-transfer projects make easy handmade gifts

Photo-transfer projects make easy handmade gifts

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
Busy lives may require sacrifices, but forgoing handmade gifts for the holidays doesn't have to be one of them. We only need to plan well to have our crafts and give them away too. Photo-transfer projects are perfect for this: They're generally fast, easy and inexpensive.
 
More than a circle: New takes on the standard wreath

More than a circle: New takes on the standard wreath

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
Say “wreath,” and the beloved evergreen standard comes to mind — unadorned or dressed for the holiday season with lights, bows, fruit or ornaments.
 
 

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